Firm cited in dumping at Aberdeen Complaint filed against Kanasco

October 11, 1992|By Carol L. Bowers and John A. Morris | Carol L. Bowers and John A. Morris,Staff Writers

The Maryland Department of the Environment has filed a civil complaint against a Brooklyn Park pharmaceutical firm charging it dumped wastewater at the Aberdeen Water Treatment Plant without state permission.

Kanasco Ltd., which manufactures synthetic penicillin, allegedly dumped industrial wastewater at the Aberdeen Waste Water Treatment Plant without state approval on June 10, 19 and 26 of this year, said Mike Sullivan, a Department of the Environment spokesman.

Mr. Sullivan said the state does not know whether the wastewater was hazardous, but Aberdeen city officials said they asked the company for a lab analysis certifying the wastewater contained no hazardous chemicals before accepting it at their plant.

Ken Benner, supervisor at the Aberdeen Waste Water Treatment Plant, said the plant accepted three shipments from Kanasco -- a total 6,000 gallons to 10,000 gallons.

"The only reason we stopped accepting wastewater from Kanasco was because of odor problems," he said.

"The odor was unique, sort of a bitter, pungent smell, and we had complaints about the odor from people in the neighborhood," Mr. Benner said.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury has indicted Kanasco in connection with a June 1991 release of hazardous chemicals in a public sewer. The Anne Arundel grand jury also charged the company with unlawful storage of hazardous wastes.

The company, in the 6100 block of Robinwood Road in Anne Arundel County, could be fined $200,000 if convicted. No trial date has been set.

Anne Arundel County Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Beebe Volz said the two counts stem from a June 23, 1991, spill of 1,000 gallons of methylene chloride, a solvent, into public sewers.

The complaint also charges the company with releasing hazardous chemicals into the Anne Arundel County public sewer on April 7, 1991; May 5, 1991; and June 23, 1991.

The state has ordered Kanasco to pay a $25,000 penalty and to comply with its operating permits and state environmental regulations, Mr. Sullivan said.

Kanasco officials have 10 days to appeal the Department of the Environment complaint.

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